Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Identifying the Components of International Social Cataloging Sites in Users and Experts Perspective

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Identifying the Components of International Social Cataloging Sites in Users and Experts Perspective

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Introduction & Statement of Problem

The advancement of technology and machine life have changed the people lifestyle and increased their need for information as well. Thus, information has turned nowadays into a valuable commodity and is considered as a superiority criterion of countries than to each (Safavi, 2013). The history of reading dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Reading is the only way to access information. Reading is a multi-dimensional cognitive process and decoding of signs to build and extend the meaning of the text. There are no complicated rules for reading; however, reading allows the readers to generate and regenerate their own ideas. In fact, reading is a semantic method of communication and distribution of information and thoughts. By the end of 2000, many people might not have the ability to buy mobile phones, computers and today's technologies; but today, these tools are widely available to everyone. Information technology has changed the today's human life and made changes in the quality of study and the study habits of individuals. Such changes have played a major role in the developments of reading, thinking, quality and quantity of study. Ultimately, they have led to lifelong learning and, as a result, an open revolution in the society (Shimeri, Keerti and Rama Yeh, 2015).

Studying needs books, which may not be available to millions of people around the world. However, today technologies such as mobile and Internet sites have solves this problem. The current study approach is different from the past as well. Nowadays, with the development of modern technologies, people have tend to digital and electronic books and use modern tools. Thus, one can say that digital content creation has eliminated the physical boundaries of the home, school and workplace. In the current world and with the growth and development of social networks that have crossed the borders and increased the communications dramatically, the users play an essential role in the production and transmission of content.

Social cataloging sites are a subset of social media, which are web-based applications allowing the users to digitally catalogue books, movies, music, etc. and simultaneously share their opinions and ideas with others. The social cataloging sites applications allow the users to catalogue their collections and collaborate and interact with the social networks. The social catalogues are very helpful for librarians, as they enable them to organize their resources. These sites are also useful in developing the collection and provide the possibility of complete description and review of the books. They can serve as a good tool in hands of the librarians for library acquisition. Finally, it is a tool to give consultation to the readers through which the librarians can communicate with their users and suggest appropriate books to them (Cho, Giustini and Hooker, 2009).

Social cataloging sites have simplified the discussion on books and critique in online environments. In these sites, the description of users on the sources are provided. The users also rate the books they have read. Indeed, these tools can be considered an extension of the second law of Ranganathan: Every reader his/her book (Social Cataloging Sites, 2015).

There are numerous social cataloging sites in the world; however, the most popular examples used widely around the world can be mentioned Goodreads, Librarything, Shlefari and aNobbi, which respectively ranked as 293, 16211, 68239, and 25571 on the Alexa website with visitors from the US, Canada, England, Italy, India, etc. The Alexa website is owned by the American company Alexa that ranks the social networking websites based on 4 indicators of number of visits, number of users, number of site updating, and the number of pages on the site. Based on the survey made, there is no social cataloging sites in Iran, or if any, its activity is limited. This suggests little progress in this regard. …

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